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Needham Town

Needham Town Hall is located at 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492; phone: 781-455-7500.

James Smith House, ca. 1730, 706 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA, National Register

Photo: James Smith House, ca. 1730, 706 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Photographed by user:Magicpiano (own work), 2011, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed February, 2014.

The territory comprising the Town of Needham was included in Dedham which was incorporated in 1636. It remained part of Dedham for three-quarters of a century. Needham is situated in the northerly part of the county, in a bend of the Charles River, which separates it from the City of Boston. [1]

Needham as described in 1937 [2]

Needham was settled ca. 1680-1694 and incorporated in 1711. On April 16, 1680, the Dedham Company of Watertown purchased a large tract of land from an Indian, part of which, with some of Dedham, was incorporated as Needham. Between 1714 and 1780 the town was active in road building and bridge building; before 1720 a few saw mills and corn mills were operated, but farming was the chief occupation. The town is now a residential suburb of Boston.

  1. Louis A. Cook, editor, History of Norfolk County Massachusetts, 1622-1918, Volume I, S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, New York, 1918.
  2. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for Massachusetts, Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, American Guide Series, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1937.
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